The Middle South Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors and its cooperating banks held their annual Conservationist of the Year banquet at the Agrirama Conference Center Nov. 14, 2013. Greg Davis Farms is the 2013 Conservationist of the Year for Tift County. Davis is a third-generation farmer who currently manages the family’s 1,250 acres located in Tift County. The farm consists of cotton, corn, peanuts and watermelons. Approximately 70 percent of the farm is irrigated with center pivot irrigation, all of which have been retrofitted from high pressure sprinklers to low pressure drop nozzles.
As a farm professional, Davis also utilizes conservation tillage for his cotton and corn acres. All fields are installed with terraces and grass waterways designed to prevent soil erosion. Davis takes great pride in producing high-yielding, high-quality crops, as well as conserving soil and water through conservation practices. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have two children and are members of Oak Grove Baptist in Tifton.
This award is given to the outstanding conservationist in the nine surrounding counties that represent the Middle South Georgia Soil & Water Conservation District. Highlighting the program was guest speaker Mark “Dill” Driscoll, dean of Business at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Chairman Milton Ussery of Ben Hill County preceded the evening program.
The award is issued to those who achieve excellence in the field of soil and water conservation. The winners are improving their land, as well as helping to improve their community and our State. Additional winners included Mitch Shiver of Ben Hill County, DeWitt Farms of Brooks County, Saunders Brothers Farms of Colquitt County, Southern Comfort Dairy Inc. of Crisp County, Grant Carter Farms of Irwin County, Bert Hurst Farms of Thomas County, King Ranch Farms of Turner County and David Bryan of Worth County. It is through their conservation efforts and dedication that our Natural Resources are preserved for future generations.
The Middle South Georgia Soil & Water Conservation District was organized on July 11, 1939 following the infamous "Dust Bowl." The nine counties that represent the District are Ben Hill, Brooks, Colquitt, Crisp, Irwin, Thomas, Tift, and Turner and Worth counties. The primary goal of Conservation Districts in Georgia is to provide maximum protection to valuable soil and water resources. Representing Tift County, District Supervisor Brian Ponder and District Supervisor Grady Thompson work diligently to preserve natural resources. Their assistance provides professional conservation education to students, as well as assisting landowners and residents with various conservation programs and erosion and sediment control education.
If you would like more information about the Middle South Soil & Water Conservation District please contact Regional Representative Luke Crosson at 229-995-6001.